The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is implementing the first phase of the Access to Relevant Prior Art Initiative (“RPA Initiative”) to import from the immediate parent application into the continuing application.
RPA Initiative Explained:
In a continuing application, the citations corresponding to the documents considered by the examiner will be printed on the face of the patent issuing from the continuing application without the applicant having to resubmit the information on an Information Disclosure Statement. Additionally, an applicant’s duty to disclose information in the continuing application will continue to be satisfied for information considered in the parent application — and will be satisfied for any additional information made of record by the USPTO in the continuing application.
The USPTO plans to implement the RPA Initiative in phases, to consider and address public and examiners’ feedback at each phase and determine how to effectively expand the RPA Initiative in future phases. Continue reading